Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ruin is a gift

Over the years there are moments when I felt like I have hit rock bottom.
I have loved and lost. I have endured and inflicted pain. I have done things I never thought I'd do and said things I never thought I'd say. I was unhappy and I was ashamed.
There have been countless times when I find myself staring painfully at this screen, desperately trying to string words together to document how I feel.

I did not write to remember; I write because I was trying to heal.

I was hoping that through words, I will be able to harness the pain I was going through. If I get it all out in writing, I can somehow get it out of my system, I may be free again.

I remembered thinking that the pain will never end.

I remembered thinking I was in love with a person who made me second-guessed myself and did things I was not proud of. I dived headfirst, and held nothing back. I was so eager to fight for something I thought was love.
It was not love.
I was sinking in life, and I had to hold on to something, anything to keep afloat. I needed the relationship to work because nothing else did.
I remembered fighting furtively to make things work. I was not only fighting with the circumstances, I was also fighting with myself and values I believed in.

I remembered feeling crushed when everything, inevitably, fell apart.
The feeling that my heart is so high up in my throat and I needed to take slow, measured breaths to hold back the tears.

I tried to distract myself. I immersed myself in trying out new things, I forced myself to meet new people and I drowned myself in books and movies.
Was I running away? I do not know.
But that was my coping mechanism.
I have also hurt people in the process. Till today, I am deeply sorry for that.

And then now here I am. Realizing I had no idea back then, the real meaning of love.
But I had to go through all that to be the person I am today.

I now have a boyfriend to call my own.
A special someone whom I adore and love with all my heart, and who reciprocates the kind of affection I give to him. I see how his eyes light up whenever he looks at me.
We have been together for 2 years and counting, and I still catch him stealing glances at me. I still fight back a smile whenever he leans over to kiss me.
We rap to Drake whilst cooking dinner; we follow every episode of Game of Thrones together religiously.
I love him.

Love does not have to come with confusion and uncertainty.
Love is the comfort and safety you feel with a person you know you can rely on.
Love is unconditional support; it should empower and allow you to grow, and not reduce you into questioning your own self-worth.

This post is not just me reflecting.
If you are reading this and you are feeling helpless, lost and tired, I want to let you know it is not the end.
You are not alone in this. If Britney can survive 2007, you can do this (haha).
If you doubt you are ever going to smile genuinely again, oh you are so wrong.
Come to terms first with the fact that it is alright to make mistakes, then forgive yourself.
One foot before the other, one step at a time.
Keep going.
Soon enough, your uncertain, ginger steps will break into a run.
The best is yet to come.
One day you will look back and think how trivial this episode has been, and how you have thrived.

Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


We always build it better the second time around.

p.s. That's my phone vibrating with emails in the background.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

When the shoe fits.




Look at this devastatingly handsome face.
He is killing it with or without facial hair.
Can his eyes BE any bluer? I mean who needs blue glass slippers? I will just wear your eyes!

As if the handsome Scottish Richard Madden isn't reason enough to watch the movie, 
the beautiful and incredibly talented Cate Blanchett plays Cinderella's stepmother.

"Not the ugly stepmother...the wicked stepmother. There is a difference." - Cate Blanchett

Then who is the fairy godmother, you asked?

Oh Bellatrix you sure cleaned up good.

Tell me you are not excited.
Watching this trailer makes me so happy. 
It is like seeing a part of my childhood come to life. Since it came out last week I have watched it every single day, steadily contributing to the rising views (standing at 11,843,101 at the moment).

Watch the full trailer here and see Lily James in all her glory. 
She is breathtaking in every scene and I just could not decide on a GIF.

Where there is goodness, there is kindness. 
And where there is kindness, there is magic.

P.S. Please do not repeat a Red Wedding. My heart is still tender from that heartbreak.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Yeezy season approachin'

One more day to Kanye's concert in Perth!

Yesterday, Matthias came reporting to me excitedly that Kanye had touched down in Perth.
"We are breathing in the same air with this lyrical genius. Should we try to go out and bump into him?!"

This morning however, he woke me up with a grave expression.
"I have bad news."
"What happened?"
"Kim Kardashian is not in Perth with Kanye West."

Clearly we both have differing opinions on what amounts to bad news. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen...

...I present to you, Mr. and Mrs. Liew!

Isn't she stunning? *cue wolf whistles*

This is one of my favourite shots of the newly-weds who tied the knot last Friday. I especially love how the veil creates this ethereal aura that glides gracefully around the beautiful bride.
Despite months of wedding planning and preparation, it still feels surreal that my childhood buddy, Shirley Sim just got hitched! Seems like just yesterday we were just two little girls with big glasses, racing to the library when the break-time bell rings, just so we can snatch up a copy of R.L. Stine's thrillers.

I cannot stress enough how time continue to rob us of our youth in the most discreet manner. And then all at once, you realised you're no longer a child.
Unbelievable. How did fifteen years race by without a trace?
Time, you sneaky bastard.

Nevertheless, I am beyond happy for one of my oldest friend!!!!
I wish her a lifetime of joy and happiness and am so excited for this new chapter she is about to unfold in her life. It will be an interesting journey filled with surprises, joy and mini hiccups, and may she be blessed with the never-ending love and support from people around her, especially her life partner.
I love you very, very much. x

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I'm a raven.

"What happened?!"
"She left her binoculars on a hook in the chapel's tent."
"Just leave them!"
"We can't. It's her magic power."

:) What a precious, precious film. Suzy and Sam are the cutest.
There is something so pure and genuine about their love that triumphs even love stories in Nicholas Sparks novels.
I could not tear my eyes away from the screen for the entire 94mins regardless of the number of times I have seen it. Prepare to start watching the movie from the very beginning if you dare interrupt me in between this film HAHA.

Wes Anderson can you please direct my life?

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I miss her.

When I'm with her, my fears melt away and she makes me feel as though anything is possible.
She's the human form of optimism, dreams and all things beautiful.
She may not know it but she's the pillar of my strength on my rocky days. Her voice is my favorite sound.

I love this girl to the moon and back.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

So just now...

My brother passed me the usb for my hard disk.
Me: I wonder why they named it USB. Is it because USA is taken?
My beloved brother: ...

Friday, June 7, 2013



(bad pun intended)

Am determined to start saving up for this magnificent beast.
Might take a while but I am nothing if not patient.
That's right Fujifilm x100s, you have nowhere to run. You're coming home with me one day.

I beg you please make the price drop in the next few months please please please 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Somewhere along the line we lost our horizon.

3 years, and I am still here completely overwhelmed by this beautiful song.
I have an unhealthy fixation with nostalgia.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Youth is easily deceived, because it is quick to hope.

I am a hopeful girl.

I have discovered this, after years and years of loss and pain, disappointments and failures. Somehow at the lowest moments I tend to whisper to myself, "It's okay. I must count my blessings. There are people in the world who would give an arm for the kind of life I am leading, things will work out."

That little voice in me isn't dead. I can only pray for it to became stronger as I go along.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


...I've been working on these.
Part of my job requires me to design 6 headbands per week: 3 Blairs and 3 Block Parties.

Photo above shows a few of my designs from the past couple of months. :)

After a few trials and errors, my photography and photoshop skills have improved tremendously (thank goodness for that. My initial images were HIDEOUS!). Of course there's still plenty of room for improvement and there's always more things to learn. I am officially in love with using photoshop and indesign to alter and brighten up my headband photos. The possibilities are indeed endless!

Am very excited about using my newfound (and also rather basic) skills to design a new banner for my mother's tuition. Photos soon!

Life's been busy and filled to the brim with workload and family. I love that I'm busy so I don't have too much time on my own thinking about things I shouldn't be pondering on. Life is wondrous, I repeat to myself everyday like a hypnotizing chant. I devote all my attention to all the details in work and family and I find myself going through everyday and sopping everything up like a big giant sponge.

p.s. I do realized that I have been neglecting this space for some time, but I'm back here to pick things up once again. :)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Oh simple thing

where have you gone?

Monday, April 2, 2012

That inexplicable feeling.

It's like forgetting the words to your favorite song.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Dum dee dum.

Once again ladies and gentlemen, it's that time of the month! 
And since I wasted spent the entire day rolled up in a ball just moaning poor me why me on my bed, I had (finally) decided to do something, anything, to pick my spirits up instead.
So I scanned my room while rooted to my bed (still refusing to move until I absolutely have to), and my make up bag caught my eye.
I dragged myself across the room and poured out all its contents...
I pulled my unruly hair into a tight, high ponytail to create a clear canvas (lol) in order to paint my own face with a period-induced vengeance. (MUAHAHAHAHAHA)

And, this is the end result.
Click on photo to enlarge. 
And ogle at my painstakingly applied eyeshadow please so I can feel less of a loser.

I must give credit to my BB cream by Dr. G, M.A.C Studio Finish SPF35 concealer and M.A.C Select Cover Up for that flawless finish. Do not be fooled. I can assure you my skin looks NOTHING like this before the application of all these products.
I also finished off with Shimmering Bronzer by Sephora. 
I cannot live without bronzers. They always give me that instant athletic, sun-kissed boost (when we all know the kind of lazy bum I actually am) and help sculpt my chubby face haha!

P.S. I apologize for the super fake and awkward smile(s). Failed attempt at trying to look serene and classy HAHA. I need (a lot) more practice. BEAR WITH ME FOR NOW TRY NOT TO PUNCH MY FACE THANK YOU.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

She's always buzzing just like neon, neon!

Lipstick: Atomic Orange, Bobbi Brown
The lip colour I am most in love with from the Bobbi Brown Spring 2012 Neons & Nudes Collection!
This is not a lipstick for the weak-hearted.
The poor brother had the shock of his life when he saw me sporting this bold lip color HAHA.

Photo definitely does NOT do justice to the stunning lipstick. I apologize. I also blame the poor camera and bad lighting.
The loud, neon color really jumps out at you.
Truth to be told it took me a few seconds to adjust to the brightness myself, but the color grew on me in no time! In fact, I find the neon shade a refreshing change from all the pastels and nudes I loved dearly before this.
For the first time in my life I have fluorescent lips! :)

Now I feel well-equipped to face all the hardship and challenges that lay before me, lipstick'a-blazing! (yes yes you caught me that's the shopaholic in me justifying profusely for my neverending splurges. Sigh.)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Good Morning Stranger!

Because I want to show off my new white sheets with little adorable rose prints while it's still...white.

My bed is now so fluffy and white it reminds me of cotton candy hehe. I'm literally sleeping on a bed of roses!
Now I find myself counting down the hours to bedtime so I can make yet another Olympic dive into my bed. (I hear my poor bed groaning. Not again.)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Split Screen Sadness

Tonight I wonder how things would be in a parallel universe, where I'd have kept you by my side.

And I think to myself, was it ever my choice to make?

Two wrongs make it all alright.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

But I'm warning you, we're growing up.

I should know what to say.

There should be an automatic reflex in my body; a natural instinct for me to respond to you with a silkiness that is expected of me. After all, I am a woman. Twenty one years of being a female should be education enough for me to prepare for this day. I should be able to effortlessly encompass you with the warmth, comfort, encouragement, motivation, relief that you crave and quite frankly, deserve.

And yet I froze.
In that critical moment when your darting eyes were searching for reassurance, I instead handed you my hesitation, and in turn exposed to you my fear.

In your eyes, I am the adult.
To you, I have the answers to everything.
I am omnipotent.

And before this I have always known the right things to say, but no, not today.

Why do people die?
Why is grandpa in pain? He is a good man, you said bad things only happen to bad people?

My dear, dear girl.
You are at the delicate age of nine years old, which makes you too old to be lied to, and yet too young to handle the harshness of reality, the cruelty of life.
I felt my tongue thickened as I struggled to find the words to say.
I wanted to tell you things will turn out fine.
I wanted to reassure you that sentence that my own mother's voice had echoed in my head throughout the years: All hardwork and suffering is the price you pay to find the rainbow in the end.
But I couldn't.

Because at this point in my life, I do not believe this. I really don't.
Life isn't fair.
All the storm and hardship you put yourself through does not guarantee a happily ever after.
Life, unlike what you were told when you were a kid, does not hand you a candy after you got 100 on your spelling bee.
I had been a positive person, I was your classic rainbow and ponies girl. These days I still walk through my everyday life with a smile on my face, but the truth is, a lot of my naive positive energy had been drained through the many disappointments life had hurled at me.

My aunt's painful death. My uncle's losing battle with his cancer.
My own mother's struggle throughout her entire life.
Just to name a few. I do not even want to venture into other areas such as my love life or my seemingly bleak future.

We want to be winners, we fight a lifetime for dreams; only to realize at the end that there are no winners in life.
The only thing permanent in life is death.
The truth is, there is no guaranteed light at the end of the tunnel.
It is a myth that had always been to the younger generation.
Because the older generation were cruel enough to have brought them into this world to suffer, and the only way to lessen the guilt is to feed them with lies so that they will have the drive to go through each and every day of their lives? To keep fighting till life inevitably defeat them?

My God. I am so bitter.
And it was at this moment that I was struck by the sinking realization: I am not mentally ready to mother a child.
I had always imagined myself to be strong enough to handle being a single mother. I still believe I will work hard and do whatever it takes to provide for my own child in every aspect. But right now, raising a child with my negative view on life will only be tragic for him/her.

I am so sorry child.
I am so, so sorry I let you down.
I took you into my arms and gave you a warm, tight hug, trying furtively to push all your questions away.
Because I had no answers for you today.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)


What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea.
I'll give you the moon, Mary.
- George Bailey

I'll take it. Then what?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tell me no lies.

Bon Iver on a cold Monday morning.
A cup of hot milo warming my numb, freezing fingers.
So this is how perfection is spelled.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

She and Him?

Say hello to mary and er...mario.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011



Sunday, October 9, 2011

You‘re like the maid of dishonor.

I nearly peed myself laughing watching the Bridesmaids.
It is hysterical.
Kristen Wiig is one hell of an actress and does not give two hoots about making a fool of herself. I like her.

The chocolate-on-teeth scene:

The getting-pulled-over-by-a-cop scene:
"So you're just a terrible sober driver?"

The drunk-on-the-plane scene:

How can you not love this woman?
How. Tell me how.

I find myself laughing and crying over this movie, due to a rough patch I have been in recently. Crazy though she may be, it is oddly easy for me to relate to the main character Annie. 
I have watched it no less than 4 times in 2 weeks.
The Bridesmaids is my therapy. The movie and a huge pack of Hershey's Kisses.

This movie has also inspired me to pick up baking again. :)
Right after watching it for the first time, I marched to the nearest supermarket and spent a small fortune in all sorts of baking utensils and supplies haha.
But it was worth every penny.
I've read somewhere that baking and painting are two of the best hobbies to indulge yourself in after an emotionally turbulent period, because they soak up all your concentration.
Exactly what I need. :)

And this, my favorite line in the movie.

"Because you're your problem, and you're also your solution."

Meet Megan. My favorite bridesmaid among all the rest. 
Excepttttt for the sextape part with Air Marshal John towards the end. That was a bit over the top lol and rather disturbing.

The above are only a few sneak peeks.
There are many, many more equally funny scenes in the movie guaranteed to crack you up.

WATCH IT OR DIE. O___________________O

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sun and Sand.

So yes, it has come to my knowledge that I have neglected my blog for a while (*cough* ER), but if you are expecting me to sprout apologies, launch into a series of excuses on how busy I have been, or how lazy, or how I simply do not have the mojo to blog, and then proceed to annoyingly beg for forgiveness (sound familiar?), I'm afraid you shall be sadly disappointed. (Wow this is a pretty long sentence. I feel out of breath just by typing it haha!)

Because I am too cool for that. Okay just kidding. More like I'm a loser and no one reads my blog. So I have no obligation to meet any expectations from my readers (or lack of readers), unlike those famous bloggers who have a string of dedicated fans following their blog everyday. The pressure. Haha! Good luck!

OKAY. So now I got the ice-breaking out of the way by writing two paragraphs of complete utter nonsense, I shall move on to more important issues like...

I just farted.


Doesn't mean I wasn't serious about the fart though...

Had an impromptu mini Port Dickson getaway about 2 months back, and since I did write a lot of useless rubbish just now I will let the photos do the talking from now on. :)

The last two group photos are basically there to emphasize my role as the very annoying FIFTH WHEEL/lightbulb in an otherwise romantic double-couple getaway. HAHA!
I think I've been single for too long I'm starting to annoy my friends. Actually no my friends love me. Actually typing this makes me sound like a sad loser looking for reassurance. Actually I should probably shut up right nowBYE.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

There may be a wedding photographer in me.

My two favorite couples in the world. :)


I absolutely love these candid shots I took of them. 
So happy; so natural...

Photos are completely unedited. And the white clothes happened to just be a coincidence.
What are the odds right?! :)
I see white, I see light and I hear (future) wedding bells HAHA omg I am a total ditsy hopeless romantic.
Had already begun building a scrapbook as their wedding gifts. Loser that I am.

Friday, June 24, 2011

There is fiction in the space between.

I was once told that I write fictional tragedies with a beautiful flair. But what the boy didn't know was that I also write each and every one of them with an air of misguided certainty that none will ever happen to me.

So proud; so naive.
So remarkably confident it's almost comical.

And now that it had in fact happened, all that I'm capable of doing is drawing back and being selfish.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

For a special girl in my life.

Blurred photos; engraved in our hearts.

A beautiful girl who is never without a smile and in possession of the kindest heart.
Words can't do justice to what an incredible person this girl is to me.
Happy 21st dannidarl :)